With the Villa Drum Squad pounding away at Portland's Merlo Field, the big WCC rivalry game between the Pilots and Santa Clara will equal anything in the Pacific Northwest for sports passion.
After falling out of the mix for the U.S. national team, Santa Clara's Sofia Huerta has become a rising star for Mexico's, and is developing greater pride for her culture.
North Carolina and Stanford remain 1-2 in the Week 2 women's soccer power rankings, while Florida -- following a fantastic debut from a freshman -- replaced Santa Clara at the No. 10 spot.
Yes, defending national champion North Carolina is No. 1, but loaded squads from Stanford, Penn State and Duke are eyeing the top spot in our first college soccer power rankings of the season.
Our five burning questions for the women's college soccer season has a familiar focus: Can anyone knock defending and 21-time national champion North Carolina off its perch?
Soccer's big four met in an early-season tournament, but for UConn, Notre Dame, Santa Clara and North Carolina, staying on top of the sport they helped build is anything but easy.